Telling patient stories: Comics journalism at the Seattle/King County clinic

Crossposted from Public Health Insider 

Armed with pen and paper, a dozen artists roamed the floor of the Seattle/King County Clinic, a  four-day pop-up clinic at the Seattle Center’s Key Arena that provided free medical, dental, and vision care to nearly 4,500 people last October. These were some of the most respected comics artists in the Pacific Northwest, and they were there to find out who these patients were, what experiences they had in trying to get healthcare day-to-day, and why so many were willing to wait for many hours at the Seattle Center–even overnight–for this clinic.

These stories came together as a series of short comic strips that will be exhibited at Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill starting Thursday, March 9 as part of Capitol Hill Artwalk. They have also appeared in The Stranger, the Seattle Globalist, and the International Examiner. Eroyn Franklin, co-founder of the beloved Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, also created a longer piece of comics journalism that tells what is involved in standing up a clinic of this scale and how it fits into the larger healthcare landscape in Washington which was published in The Nib, a national comics publication.

Read more at Public Health Insider